Last month the world stopped as we knew it when a national emergency was declared and stay at home orders were handed down.

One of the events that was caught up in the melee was the annual Academy of Country Music Awards presentation in Las Vegas on April 5.

Those events have now been rescheduled and for the very first time will be held in the home of Country music – Nashville, Tennessee and the Grand Ole Opry. Previously the ACM Awards were held predominantly in southern California and Las Vegas.

On September 16, the ACM’s will present the 55th annual swards show in the Ryman Auditorium for a historic gala of awards, Country music fans, and Country music stars.

Via a statement, CEO of the Academy of Country Music Damon Whiteside said, “while we were disappointed to postpone our April show in Las Vegas, we couldn’t be more thrilled to host the rescheduled 55th ACM Awards in the home Country Music for the first time in the Academy’s history. First and foremost, we want to ensure the safety of our artists and industry, and to ease the burdens of traveling large teams; therefore, we decided to bring the ACM Awards to them this September in Nashville.”

Whiteside continued saying, “now, more than ever, is the time to bring our community together to honor the best in our genre, and there is no more special place to do that than three of the most revered venues in Country Music – The Grand Ole Opry House, The Ryman Auditorium and The Bluebird Cafe. A huge thank you to these historic venues and to the state of Tennessee and city of Nashville for all of the support in making this a reality!”

In another first, current ACM Entertainer of the Year Country rocker Keith Urban will host the gala event.


The ACM noted that all guidelines established by Local, state, and national health officials will be followed to ensure the safety of all those involved.


feature and article photo credits: the ACM Facebook page.